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The Life and Pursuit of the Blessed Man

“Blessed is the man” — pause there. Who doesn’t want to be the blessed man, happy, content, and joy-filled? Nearly all philosophical frameworks for human history have chased this goal. The question “how can I be the blessed man?” drove (and still drives) the ethicists and philosophers of Greece, Rome, Europe, and America. Their answers […]

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Peace with God – How Can It Be?

Who would you die for? Paul made me ask myself that question this morning. With a wife and kids at home, whose life would I count worth the sacrifice of my own? If I gave my life for a stranger, even a truly good person who seemed “worthy,” who would provide for my family and […]

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Evil, Undermined

Have you ever slowly read through the trial and persecution account in John’s Gospel? It’s brutal. It’s deliberate, and in stark contrast to the chapters leading up to it. In John 1-17 we see a man full of grace and truth, embodying the steadfast love and faithfulness of Yahweh himself. We see the pinnacle and […]

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Redeeming Duty

King David knew something about what it means to be human that escapes most of us. He knew that we are complex creatures with an intellect, an emotive seat, and a will–all pulling us in different directions. That’s why he writes, Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite […]

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Friendship and Covenant

When you’re introducing a sermon or lesson or talk or whatever, lesson number one is: State the importance of what you are teaching up front. Answer the question, “Why?” Why is it important for me to know what you’re about to tell me? Why do I need this? As for friendship, I think this quote […]

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7 Implications of the Image of God

Have you ever read Lambert, the Sheepish Lion? It’s a children’s tale of identity, and growing up. The baby-delivering stork is dropping off a delivery of lambs to their new sheep mothers, and through a fateful mishap, a baby lion cub gets delivered to a sheep. The sheep mother raises him as one of the flock, […]

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Sit to the Feast of Christ

In a letter to a woman suffering from depression, John Newton wrote: “They who would always rejoice, must derive their joy from a source which is invariably the same; in other words, from Jesus. Oh, that name! What a person, what an office, what a love, what a life, what a death, does it recall […]

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Imagine This

  Against the ceaseless tide of life it is easier to forget, rather than retain my identity in Jesus Christ.  It’s easier for me to give in to the doctrine of this world than to cling to the truth of God’s word. My flesh is predisposed to fall in line with the lies of the […]

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Can a Broken Heart be Mended?

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Psalm 147:3-4 I’ve been switching back and forth lately between reading Psalms and Proverbs, which has made it alarmingly easy to read a psalm – a cohesive and intentional work of […]

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